Imaging Center to Open

Loudoun Hospital Center said it plans to open a full-service outpatient diagnostic imaging center at its Leesburg Campus in November. The hospital still needs final approval from State Health Commissioner Robert Stroube.

The 4,500-square-foot center, to be located in the hospital's Cornwall Street emergency campus in Leesburg, would offer such diagnostic imaging services as X-ray, CT Scan, ultrasound, mammography and bone density screening.

Loudoun Healthcare President Rod Huebbers said there is a growing demand for outpatient radiological services in the county.

"We saw 13,000 emergency cases alone in our first year of operating the Leesburg Emergency Department -- many requiring diagnostic imaging for everything from fractures to more serious concerns," Huebbers said. "Now patients and physicians alike in Leesburg and points west will have the convenience and accessibility of a diagnostic imaging center for routine and acute care issues."

He said the new center was expected to have 6,500 diagnostic imaging cases in its first year.

The hospital said it has received permission from the state health commission for a second magnetic resonance imaging system, to be placed at the Cornwall Street campus.

Robberies Probed

Investigators are trying to determine whether an armed robbery during broad daylight in Sterling on Monday is linked to a similar robbery last month, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

A man described as being 30 to 40 years old and between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches tall walked into the High Up Food Mart in the Sterling Plaza about 2:15 p.m., brandished a firearm, forced one of the clerks into the booth where the cash register is located and removed an undisclosed amount of money, the Sheriff's Office said. The suspect fled the scene on foot.

On July 30, a suspect with a similar description walked into the Prime Mart on West Church Road in Sterling just before noon, brandished a firearm, approached the store clerk from behind and asked for money. When the clerk said he had no money, the suspect fled on foot. That suspect was described as wearing a paint-splattered maroon spring coat over a white T-shirt.

In both cases, the suspect is said to have been wearing sunglasses.

Anyone with information on either of these cases is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.

Contract for Well Awarded

The Town of Purcellville has awarded an $843,725 contract to Pioneer Electric of Buena Vista, Va., to develop a second well in the Nature Park property and build a new well treatment facility. The project, which will add 70,000 gallons a day of water capacity to the town system, is expected to start in mid- to late August in the Nature Park off Hatcher Avenue.

Anti-Tobacco Grants Given

Prevention and Community Outreach Services received a $69,607 Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation grant to hire one full-time employee to provide tobacco prevention programming to at-risk elementary and middle school youth enrolled in after-school Programs at Evans Ridge Apartments and Leesburg Crossing Apartments and in schools with youth identified as emotionally disturbed.

Four Northern Virginia community services boards -- Loudoun, Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax-Falls Church -- received a $64,025 grant from the foundation to implement a regional youth tobacco-use prevention program. The boards will recruit community organizations and faith-based groups to form partnerships with and implement the prevention program, called "Get Real About Tobacco." In Loudoun, interested organizations should contact Anne Mikszewski at 703-777-0458.

Crossing Guards Wanted

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is looking for school crossing guards.

Duties include escorting children across busy crosswalks and/or intersections, monitoring the flow of traffic to ensure safe passage, and interacting with parents, school personnel, city employees and others.

Applicants must be available between 7:30 and 9 a.m. and again 2:15 to 4 p.m. on weekdays during the school year. For more information, contact Willy Stevenson at 703-771-5735 or obtain an application online at www.loudoun.gov and click on jobs.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD